ITN April 2005

ITN April 27, 2005

In this issue: Brazilian government’s decision on ratification of BITs looming; IISD to launch model investment agreement in London; Key US Senators want US-Russia BIT ratified before Russia Joins WTO; ICSID rejects challenge to lead arbitrator in Siemens case; Argentina rips decision; Arbitrators appointed by parties in Menatep v. Russia case; Arbitrators announced in Eastern Sugar v. Czech Republic arbitration; Another firm takes Venezuela to ICSID over unpaid debt instruments; Danish shipping company taking Lithuania to ICSID over cancelled privatization bid; Web site launched to house investment treaty arbitration decisions.

ITN April 8, 2005

In this issue: Korean officials hint that screen quota reduction may unlock BIT negotiation with US; European Commission ratchets up pressure on members over BITs compatibility; Canada-India bilateral investment treaty to be concluded by year’s end; Canadian Bank to sue Argentina under Canada-Argentina BIT; Spanish firm, Gas Natural, drops Argentine claim; Mexico draws line under Feldman case by not appealing to Canadian Supreme Court; INVEST-SD seeking part-time writer to intern with IISD in Geneva; ICSID Deputy Secretary-General Parra to retire, take up visiting academic post.